Tower plan on hold

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:39 25 May 2010

A STRIKING plan to build a giant observation tower next to Weston s aquarium has been put on hold.

A STRIKING plan to build a giant observation tower next to Weston's aquarium has been put on hold.

Bosses at SeaQuarium announced last year that they were prepared to spend around £750,000 on the attraction with a spiralling elevator and commentary.

But this month manager Chris Donkin said he had delayed the plan in fear he might 'double up' ideas with the Grand Pier owners Kerry and Michelle Michael.

The Michaels' on have said they intend to build a high observation tower at a cost of around £2million after the landmark structure has been rebuilt.

Mr Donkin said: "The idea for the tower has been put on hold until we see what is going on the Grand Pier.

"We know one is planned and we would not want to double up on an attraction on the seafront.

"However the money is there and if a tower is not built we will look at other options."

The manager of the 13-year-old beach attraction had hoped the tower would revitalise the area following the Tropicana demise and Grand Pier fire last year.

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